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• Civil War battles ‘fought' in Acton in front of onlookers

Posted: June 8, 2008 1:41 a.m.
Updated: August 9, 2008 5:02 a.m.
Some 30 young children and teenagers swimming in a community pool at Soledad Canyon's Thousand Trails in Acton were surprised Saturday when a cannon was fired.

Thankfully, the cannon was not real. Instead, the fake piece of artillery was used to take about 300 onlookers back in time to the 1860s, when America was engulfed in the Civil War.

Seven score and seven years ago, the United States of America split in half and a long, bloody, drawn-out battle ensued between the Union and the Confederacy. Known as the "War Between the States," the four-year civil conflict remains the bloodiest war on American soil.

In the eyes of many, the Civil War (1861-1865) was the most controversial war ever fought in American history, and encompassed issues ranging from states' rights to slavery. Since so much time has passed since the war ended, many are disconnected from the divisive issues that shaped an era and defined an entire country for generations to come.

To help bridge the disconnect, the American Civil War Society reenacted one of the war's most grueling battles in Acton Saturday, bringing the Union-Confederacy conflict to life. Using actual uniforms, weapons, battlefields and camp grounds, the Society presented the Civil War so today's generations can understand the conflict and get a perspective of some of the conditions that the soldiers, commanders, politicians and civilians had to endure during the darkest four years of this country's history.

The Society relived a Civil War battle where Union soldiers infiltrated a Confederacy camp. The "living history" presentation was complete with authentic Union and Confederate uniforms, sleeping and eating quarters at the base camp, and replica weapons that were similar to those used in the actual war.

During the battle, "soldiers" portrayed a Union advance in a Confederate camp, where blue jacket soldiers surrounded their Southern brethren and claimed victory after a solemn tribute by a battle horn that echoed throughout the battlefield.

The relived battle was also a reminder of how divisive the Civil War really was.

"That's the way the Civil War was, it was literally brother against brother," said actress Lisa Coffey, who was one of the re-enactors in the civilian camps. "There were blood relatives who were on both sides of the conflict, but were forced to fight against each other."


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